Martha Varcoe Sturdy at Touch Wood

Martha Varcoe Sturdy received her BFA at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design — specializing in sculpture. Her work explores contemporary interest in pure environments, by implying natural scale and economy to replicate the spatial experience of the untouched outdoors. Varcoe (being her maiden name) started the well-known Martha STURDY in 1978, hiring artisans and technicians to allow her latitude. Her work spans wall, standing steel, salvaged wood and wearable sculpture that has revolutionized silhouettes on American, Italian and French Vogue, Harperʼs Bazaar and Espana. In 2002 Varcoe was presented with a Golden Jubilee Award by the Governor General for her achievements internationally as a Canadian artist. In 2005 she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA)

Work at Touch Wood
Life Cycle – Stage 7, red cedar logs 17’ h x 15’ w, steel plate
Reflections, charred, split cedar verticals 13-15’ h